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honey chipotle chicken bites
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Guys. Remember my bang bang chicken? Of course you do. Well, I did it again. I took the base of that chicken dish and made another sauce that will make your brain explode. It’s so much better than the restaurant version. I’m sure healthier too cause I’m not frying it.

honey chipotle chicken bites

I know you’ve been to Chili’s before. You know, that chain restaurant that you probably went to in college cause you didn’t have money for something fancy schmancy. Or that first date you went on in high school. Haha, okay, Chili’s isn’t that bad. I’m giving it a bad rap. Don’t hate me! Chili’s can’t be that bad because they have this: chipotle honey chicken crispers. Fried chicken strips that are drenched in a sticky spicy sauce. Say whaaat?! Yeah, I told ya your mind would be blown.

I found a copycat recipe online for these and omgosh they taste just like the ones at Chili’s. Oh, and what’s even better is that instead of chicken strips, I made them just like how the bang bang chicken was made, you know, to maximize the mouth stuffing since they’re bite sized pieces. You can tweak the spice levels too which is great. I can’t do spicy well (which is so unfortunate) so the ability to be able to tweak the amount of spice in this dish helps a lot.

If you want to spice up your evening, give this sauce a try. OR you know what? You could make 1 batch of bang bang chicken and another batch of these babies and BAM! Superbowl snacks! 2 versions, super easy. Your friends will think you slaved over them ;)

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chipotle honey chicken poppers

Chipotle Honey Chicken Poppers are a Chili's copycat recipe that will blow your mind! Juicy chicken is breaded and served with a customizable spicy sauce!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 5 chicken tenderloins, cubed

For the sauce:

  • cup (226 g) honey
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) water
  • ¼ cup (60 g) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon chipotle powder, I only used 1 1/2 tsp
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the egg mixture:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup (118 ml) milk

For the breading:

  • ½ cup (63 g) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (30 g) Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
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  • Prepare a plate lined with paper towels for the chicken after it’s done cooking in the oil. Set aside.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to mix. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • In a small, shallow dish, combine the egg and milk. Set aside.
  • In another shallow dish, combine the ingredients for the breading. Set aside.
  • Bread the chicken cubes by first coating it in the bread mixture then the egg wash then back in the breading. Put the coated chicken cubes on a plate. Continue until all the chicken have been breaded.
  • Pop the plate of chicken in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It’ll help the breading stick to the chicken.
  • In a large skillet, add a thin layer of vegetable oil and place over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is glistening, add in the chicken (I did it in 2 batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan) and cook the chicken until it’s cooked through & the breading is nice and crispy brown.
  • Once the first batch is done, put the cooked chicken on the prepared plate with the paper towel. Continue with the second batch and once that’s cooked, add that to the prepared plate.
  • In a large bowl, put in your cooked chicken and pour the sauce all over. Toss well to coat every bite.


Source: adapted from


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 850kcal, Carbohydrates: 128g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 6g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 97g

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  1. Awsome recipe I changed it up alittle I used Kentucky flour and roasted garlic bread crumbs also 1/4 honey 1/4 sugar because I didn’t have enough honey also used chipotle chile powder

  2. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! The only change I made was to omit the vinegar because I didn’t have any, but it still turned out delicious. I served it with bell pepper & onion over rice. This was a huge hit & I will definitely make it again. :-) Thanks for sharing a great recipe! I’m so glad I found your blog (yay, Pinterest!) & am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  3. if I show this to my husband he most certainly will leave me for you =) ohmygosh girl! I don’t even care – i’m showing him!

  4. Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers are my absolute favorite. That sauce is like crack. I’m more than reasonably excited to try this recipe!